Sustainable and Socially Responsible Fashion

My favorite companies are those that give back either to the planet and/or to those living on it. I love that they take advantage of the opportunity they have to use their resources for good. I didn't even realize it until I was putting this post together, but this outfit is full of socially and sustainably responsible companies and that makes me even more proud to share it!

To start, these pants come from a beautiful shop called Sudara (which is inspired by the sanskrit word sundara, meaning beautiful). Sudara works to help women in India escape from and avoid resorting to sex slavery by providing them with the opportunity for steady employment and the chance to learn the skills of being a seamstress. They produce the cutest "Punjammies" that are so comfortable, light, and eclectic, I love wearing these around the house or out and about. Please read more about their mission HERE.

Next is my bracelet, which comes from Color by Amber - an eco-friendly and socially responsible jewelry company that employs women Artisans, worldwide. From Mexico to Nepal, these women are paid fair-trade wages that provide themselves and their communities with a steady income. Color by Amber also works with each region to provide other initiates such as vocational training, community gardens, and health care. The handmade made "interlayers" are then encased inside an eco-resin, which is made of 40% recycled material, then designed into stunning jewelry! Read more about their story HERE.

Lastly are my shoes. These Pons Avarcas are a new favorite of mine and make me want a pair in every color! Avarcas USA works with Artisans on an island in Spain to create these and other beautiful sandals that are not only hand-crafted, but their base is also made from recycled tires - making them a sustainable footwear option that looks amazing! Read more about their story HERE.

shirt - zara
pants - c/o sudara
shoes - avarcas usa
watch - c/o daniel wellington
bracelet - color by amber

Wearing companies like Sudara, Color by Amber, and Pons do more than just make me look great, they make me feel great, too! What other sustainable and socially responsible brands do you love?


Exploring Arches National Park Pt. 1

My favorite thing about Utah is the diversity of scenery. One minute you can be enveloped by lush mountains and the next you can find yourself surrounded by rust-colored giants. With five national parks and endless state parks and national monuments, Utah is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Back in February I was able to take a trip to Arches National Park with a couple of friends. We woke up early on a Saturday morning to make the four hour journey to moab, which would get us there in time for lunch and a fun-filled day of exploring. Even though it was a holiday weekend, it was early enough in the year that the park was not yet packed with eager visitors. This made it possible for us to take our time as we wandered through the park and took as many pictures as we could.

All of the jewelry in this post comes from Color by Amber - an eco-friendly jewelry company who employs women artisans, world-wide.

My favorite days are always those spent with good music, good friends, and breathtaking scenery. So this was definitely one for the books.

To be continued...


Ride The Wave

Since I am nearing the year anniversary of my move back to Utah, I have been contemplating a lot about what has happened since then. While I didn't exactly want to move back, I knew it was something I needed to do. And honestly, it was the right decision. Since I have been back, so much has happened for good and I would have had to miss out on some really amazing opportunities. I love where I am at right now, and if I had tried to control my own path, then I wouldn't be where I am at, today.

Sometimes we just have to let go of control and allow things to work out like they are supposed to. More often than not, life has a way of working out better than we could have planned. So ride the wave and enjoy your life - no matter what.

shirt - madewell
duster - h&m
jeans - jcrew
shoes - c/o sven clogs
jewelry - c/o color by amber

I took these pictures a couple weeks ago and we're already to the point where even looking at a jacket makes me sweat. Whew, it is going to be a long, hot summer...


Exploring Snow Canyon State Park

Read Pt. 1 HERE

Part two of my trip to St. George with my friends Stevi, Spencer, and their family, was to Snow Canyon State Park. I spent a lot of my time here while attending Aesthetics school in St. George, so I was excited to visit, again. We did two of my favorite hikes (they're more like short walks, but each one is quite scenic), one to Jenny's Canyon and the other to Johnson's Canyon.

Jenny's Canyon is a short walk that ends in a beautiful, but small slot canyon, while Johnson Canyon is a bit longer and leads to a sheltered cove with running water, rich vegetation, and an arch spanning 200 ft. We had so much fun exploring both locations, taking pictures, and enjoying the beauty around us. To top off the fun, we were able to spot a large owl, sleeping in it's canyon wall home, just waiting for night to fall.

It's moments like that that make me fall in love with this planet, and the people that love it, all over again. That I can witness life, in its most beautiful forms, with my own eyes. That I can visit places deemed special enough to be protected and preserved. And that I can be a part of something bigger than myself.

Like all trips, this weekend was over too soon, and it was time to get back to reality. But these photos and the memories I have are things I will cherish, forever.
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